Scientific careers, scientific organisations, and knowledge production: why and how does gender matter?

Gender perspectives and gender dimensions in scientific careers, organisations, and knowledge production will be discussed on the basis of developments in international research on gender in science/academia over recent decades, followed by highlighting recent key European and national policy initiatives, and reflections on challenges related to research and policy addressing gender (in)equalities in science and academia.

Liisa Husu is a Finnish sociologist and gender expert, Professor (Chair) of Gender Studies at Örebro University Sweden and Co-Director of GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, and affiliated researcher, Department of Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics, Finland. Before embarking on an academic career she worked for fifteen years in the Finnish gender equality machinery, Council for Equality between Women and Men, in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, as a senior adviser and National Coordinator of Women’s Studies.

Her re­­search and publications fo­­cus on gen­­der dynamics and inequalities in academic and scientific careers and organisations, science policy and gender equality policy. She has lectured and presented her research in over 30 countries, and contributed extensively as a gender expert/ad­­vi­­ser for R&D stakeholders in Europe and internationally, including ministries, international and national agencies, research funding organisations, universities, research institutes and advocacy organisations. She has also played an active role in European research development and actions on gender and science in European Commission expert groups, several European collaborative research projects on women’s academic careers and gender equality in research (ADVANCE, PROMETEA, genSET, GenPORT, GEDII), as well as international networks, such as European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) of which she was a founding member, and as the scientific adviser of European Women Rectors Association EWORA. As the moderator of the European Network on Gender Equality in Higher Education, she has contributed to organising ten European Conferences on Gender Equality in Higher Education. Research evaluation expert tasks include the research evaluation of Uppsala University in 2007 and 2017, in the Czech Academy of Science Social and Political Science in 2016, the Swedish Council of Higher Education evaluation in 2014 of gender equality projects in higher education funded by a governmental programme, and a recent gender equality review of the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.

She is co-author of the European Commission re­­port Gen­­der and Excel­­lence in the Making (2004), and Rap­­­­porteur of the EC ex­­pert group Gen­­der and Ex­­cel­­len­­ce (The Gender Challenge in Research Funding, 2009). Other publications include: co-edited books Hard Work in the Academy (1999), Tiede, tieto ja sukupuoli [Science, Knowledge and Gender] (2005), Leadership through the Gender Lens: Women and Men in Organizations (2010), Women, Management and Leadership (2011), and articles in international and national scientific journals, and chapters in books.

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